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  • What If Memorial Day Hadn’t Been Necessary?

    What If Memorial Day Hadn’t Been Necessary?

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    By Nancy Spannaus May 26, 2024 – No, Memorial Day is not a day to celebrate the beginning of the summer season. It has been set aside as a day of somber recognition and remembrance of those who died in our nation’s wars – and an implicit dedication to ensuring […]Read More »
  • Come, Have a Revolutionary Experience at Fort Plain!

    Come, Have a Revolutionary Experience at Fort Plain!

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    By Nancy Spannaus May 24, 2024—The yearly American Revolution conference sponsored by the Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park is always a revolutionary experience for those who attend, featuring thought-provoking presentations by historians and authors who don’t always get attention in the “mainstream.”[1] This year’s event, scheduled for June 14 […]Read More »
  • Briefing on National Infrastructure Bank Held on Capitol Hill

    Briefing on National Infrastructure Bank Held on Capitol Hill

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    By Nancy Spannaus May 8, 2024—On April 30th the Coalition for a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB), in conjunction with Congressman Danny Davis (D-Ill), sponsored a briefing for Congressional staff on the National Infrastructure Bank Act of 2023, HR 4052, on Capitol Hill. The bill currently has 34 sponsors. If implemented, […]Read More »
  • How Lincoln Tackled Immigration

    How Lincoln Tackled Immigration

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    How Lincoln Tackled Immigration A review of Harold Holzer’s book on Lincoln’s immigration policy By Nancy Spannaus* Brought Forth on This Continent: Abraham Lincoln and American Immigration Harold Holzer Dutton/Penguin Random House, 2024 464 pp. April 30, 2024—Political battles over immigration in the United States are not new. One of […]Read More »
  • “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know …”

    “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know …”

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    A Discussion of the Historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court Ruling against School Segregation and Its Result in Loudoun County By Nancy Spannaus* April 22, 2024 –Approximately 60 Loudoun County residents gathered at the historic Black Douglass High School in Leesburg, Virginia on April 13, to hear a […]Read More »
  • An Invitation from the Author of Defeating Slavery

    An Invitation from the Author of Defeating Slavery

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    By Nancy Spannaus April 15, 2024—I would like to cordially invite you to attend one, or several, of four upcoming Book events in which I am participating. As you can see in the picture, I just got a large shipment of my latest, Defeating Slavery: Hamilton’s American System Showed the […]Read More »
  • “A Man Whose Like We May Not See Again”

    “A Man Whose Like We May Not See Again”

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    By Nancy Spannaus* [April 10, 2024–The headline of this article comes from the June 1865 eulogy for President Abraham Lincoln delivered by renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, which I discuss in the re-post below. As we approach the 159th anniversary of Lincoln’s death on April 14, the significance of his removal […]Read More »
  • What, to Americans Today, Is the Fourth of July?

    What, to Americans Today, Is the Fourth of July?

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    A Report and Reflections on the Virginia250 Conference held in Williamsburg, March 18-20 By Nancy Spannaus* March 25, 2024—It was my pleasure to join my husband in attending the annual conference of the Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission last week. Under the title “A Common Cause to All,” the Commission, […]Read More »